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Can the mushroom hold a key to survival of honeybees?

That topic is the focus of a talk in Seattle March 29 at the Moore Theatre by Paul Stamets and Louie Schwartzberg.

Beekeeper Justin Vincett of Ellensburg, Washington, holds a frame of honeybees. (Melissa Hansen/Good Fruit Grower)

Beekeeper Justin Vincett of Ellensburg, Washington, holds a frame of honeybees. (Melissa Hansen/Good Fruit Grower)

National Public Radio reported in 2015 on interest in how mushrooms relate to bee health:

In recent years,  research has shown that rare fungi found in the old-growth forests of western Washington can help fight other viruses and diseases, including tuberculosis, smallpox and bird flu. [Stamets] wondered if the honeybee would see similar health benefits from wood-rotting mushrooms.

Stamets is the founder and President of Fungi Perfecti, a company dedicated to cultivated the benefits of mushrooms. Schwartzberg is an award-winning cinematographer who has done work for National Geographic and others. “These two innovators team up to tell the compelling story of honey bees and mushrooms and their link to the future of our food supply.”

The presentation is titled, “Mushrooms and the Mycology of Consciousness.” Learn more about the event here.